Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ragging twist to NIT suicide case

TNN 16 September 2009, 11:07pm IST

JAMSHEDPUR: The National Institute of Technology (NIT) suicide case has taken an ugly turn with parents of the victim, Satyendra Singh, alleging that their son took his own life after he was ragged by his seniors at the institute.

Satyendra's parents Ramashish Prasad and Bindu Devi, who arrived at the Adityapur NIT early on Wednesday morning, has accused senior students of ragging his son that eventually resulted in his committing suicide by hanging in his hostel room.

In the FIR lodged with Adityapur police station, Prasad, a vigilance inspector in Hazaribag, alleged that the senior students used to rag his son regularly since the early days of his admission to the engineering college and that gradually led to his depression and suicide.

Police, meanwhile, said it was difficult to arrive at any conclusion now as investigation was on. Nevertheless, they have not ruled out the ragging angle either.

"Everything is under the scanner. We will hold a thorough investigation and only then something can be said. However, regarding the FIR lodged by the mother of the deceased, all I can say is that no aspect will be overlooked during the probe," said Sheetal Oraon, Seraikela Kharswan SP.

Now, with the matter in the police court, the NIT authorities have refused to speak much. "We feel sad about such an incident. However, police are looking into the matter and things will come to light at the appropriate time," said an NIT official.

On Tuesday evening, Satyendra Singh, a fresher with the MCA stream of NIT, hanged himself to death. The college administration rushed Satyendra to Tata Memorial Hospital and then, informed his parents.

The NIT on Wednesday paid tribute to Satyendra and called off college for the day. His parents have decided to take the body to Hazaribag.

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